Results announced for harpsichord and recorder quartet call

We are delighted to announce the selection of pieces from our call for scores for recorder quartet with harpsichord. All submitted works were assessed anonymously for the quality of recorder and harpsichord writing, musical interest and stylistic appropriateness for the ensemble. The list is, alphabetically by composer: Merry-Go-Round Suite (Sarabande – Haya’s Gavotte – Merry-Go-Round)Continue reading “Results announced for harpsichord and recorder quartet call”

Notes from workshop on composing for harpsichord and recorder quartet, 20 October 2015

Introduction Despite the long histories of harpsichords and recorders, there is, strangely, no existing published repertoire for recorder quartet with harpsichord. This is all the more surprising considering that the complementary properties of the instruments lead to a compelling combination: the sweetness and coolness of the recorder, with the bright, clean sound of the harpsichord.Continue reading “Notes from workshop on composing for harpsichord and recorder quartet, 20 October 2015”

Some thoughts on writing for harpsichord in contemporary and non-traditional styles, by Stephen Watkins

Recently I have been involved with ‘Colchester New Music’ in a call for scores to encourage composers to write pieces for recorder quartet and harpsichord. I play in a newly formed virtuoso recorder quartet called ‘Dulcis Venti’ and we are very keen to extend the range of music which is available to us. I haveContinue reading “Some thoughts on writing for harpsichord in contemporary and non-traditional styles, by Stephen Watkins”

Workshop on composing for recorder quartet and harpsichord: 20th October 2015

Harpsichordist Francis Knights and the Dulcis Venti recorder quartet led by Stephen Watkins will be presenting a composing workshop from 12-2pm (note start time) on Tuesday 20th October at the Swinburne Hall, Colchester Institute, Sheepen Road, Colchester CO3 3LL. Tickets on the door £5 (cash only) or free for current Institute students and staff, andContinue reading “Workshop on composing for recorder quartet and harpsichord: 20th October 2015”

Recorder quartet with harpsichord: call for scores launched

CNM has launched a call for scores for recorder quartet with harpsichord; a surprisingly neglected combination of instruments – in fact, we have not been able to find any existing repertoire. This is therefore a opportunity to explore uncharted musical territory with apparently familiar instruments. The selected pieces will be performed by harpsichordist Francis Knights withContinue reading “Recorder quartet with harpsichord: call for scores launched”